A great video conferencing setup needs to be professional and functional. Your home office will have many different requirements, your A/V equipment needs to be high quality without taking up a lot of desk space or being too technical.

You need a microphone, an interface to connect your microphone to your computer, headphones, cables, and other accessories.

We’ve created this page with everything that we recommend for video conferencing from your home office. You’ll find 3 options in each category. Everything you see is known to be “best in class” and “industry standard” and has a reputation for lasting a long time and providing maximum value for your meeting.

Simply put, you cannot go wrong with any of the equipment in our 2021 Video Conferencing Buyer’s Guide!

Video Conferencing Buyers Guide

Best Video Conferencing Microphone

Dynamic microphones are known to be the best for live voice and broadcasting. A dynamic microphone will do a better job of capturing your voice with more warmth and less background noise compared to a condenser microphone.

Below are our three recommendations for dynamic microphones for your online meeting.

Shure MV7X

Shure MV7 Dynamic Microphone
  • Legendary Shure Sound
  • Built-In Pop Filter
  • Minimizes Room Pickup

Shure SM7B

Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
  • Warm Tone
  • Shielded From Electromagnetic Hum
  • Comfortable Ergonomics

Electro-Voice RE20

Electro-Voice RE20 Dynamic Microphone
  • Broadcast Quality
  • Warmth & Clarity
  • Reduced Proximity Effect
  • Industry Standard

Best Audio Interface for Home Office

You will need a way to connect your microphone to your computer.

All of the options below will give you:

  • Great XLR Microphone Preamp
  • 48v Phantom Power for Condenser Microphones

The Elgato Wave and GoXLR will give you:

  • Mute Buttons
  • Ability to create custom mix for your headphones and what your guests hear.

The Yamaha AG06 will give you

  • Ability to connect other equipment (record player, instruments, etc.)

Elgato Wave XLR

Elgato Wave XLR
  • Single Microphone Input
  • Elegant Design
  • Easy To Use
  • PC & Mac Compatability

TC Helicon GoXLR Mini

  • Compression
  • Noise Gate
  • Equalization
  • PC Only

Yamaha AG06

Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer
  • More inputs for anything you may need.
  • Easily switch between speakers/headphones
  • PC & Mac

Best Video Conferencing USB Microphone

If you don’t want to worry about connecting your microphone to an audio interface/mixer, then a USB microphone is the perfect solution for your conference. Below are three great all-in-one options to choose from.

Blue Yeti

Blue Yeti USB Microphone
  • Flexible Pickup Patterns
  • Time Tested Design
  • Great Value

Shure MV7

Shure MV7 USB Microphone
  • Solid Construction
  • USB and XLR
  • Built-In Pop Filter

Elgato Wave 3

Elgato Wave 3
  • Easy To Use
  • Simple Interface
  • Advanced Software Mixing (Same as Wave XLR)

Best Mic Boom Arm

A boom arm is helpful for isolating your microphone from desk noise and it makes it easier to get your microphone where it will be most comfortable for recording. When using your home office, this allows you to position your microphone without interfering with your keyboard or view of the monitor. Below are three great options for microphone boom arms.

If you’re unsure which to get, buy the Rode PSA1+

Gator Frameworks 3000

Gator Frameworks 3000 Boom Arm
  • Tube Style Boom Arm
  • Integrated XLR Cable
  • Excellent Clamps
  • Easy To Adjust

Elgato Mic Arm LP

Elgato Mic Arm LP
  • Low Profile
  • Fits Under Monitor
  • Lots of Adjustability
  • All Black Design

Rode PSA1+ Boom Arm

Rode PSA1 Plus Boom Arm
  • Smooth, Silent Rotation
  • 37″ Horizontal Reach
  • 34″ Vertical Reach
  • Top Cable Management

Best Headphones & Studio Monitors

We use all three of these options on a regular basis. Depending on your preference for closed-back or open-back headphones, you will want either the DT770 or DT990 pro headphones.

If you like having your headphones LOUD while using Zoom or Microsoft Teams, we recommend the DT770 pro headphones. The closed-back will prevent your microphone from hearing the sound in your headphones.

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Headphones
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Light Weight
  • Closed Back
  • Enhanced Low-End

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro

Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 Ohm Headphones
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Light Weight
  • Open Back
  • Articulate & Accurate

Yamaha HS5 Monitor

Yamaha HS5 Studio Monitor
  • 2-Way Reference Speaker
  • TRS & XLR Inputs
  • Professional Grade

Best Studio Lighting

Having great lighting is important for building trust with your audience and coming across with more authority. These three options have a great reputation will provide you with the light that you need for your video conferencing.

Elgato Light String

Elgato Light String
  • 2M Long
  • Up to 2000 Lumens
  • WI-FI Controlled
  • 30 Watts

Elgato Key Light Air

Elgato Key Light Air
  • Up to 1400 Lumens
  • 2900-7000 Color Temp
  • 92% CRI
  • 25 Watts

Elgato Key Light

Elgato Key Light
  • Up to 2800 Lumens
  • 2900-7000 Color Temp
  • 92% CRI
  • 45 Watts

Best Audio Cables

Great cables are critical to making your life easy while recording. It can be very frustrating to troubleshoot buzzing, bad connections, and background noise. These cables are on the “high end” of available cables, but we believe that the extra cost is worth it due to longevity and reliability.

Canare XLR Cable

Canare XLR Cable
  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Very Flexible
  • Star Quad Design
  • Polyethylene Insulation
  • Neutrik Connectors
  • Color Options

Canare TRS Cable

Canare TRS Cable
  • Braided Copper Shield
  • Very Flexible
  • Star Quad Design
  • Polyethylene Insulation
  • Neutrik Connectors
  • Color Options

Hosa 1/8″ To Dual 1/4″

  • Connect Phone/Laptop To Audio Mixer
  • Connect Computer To Studio Monitors
  • Long Lasting

Home Studio Accessories

Here are some additional items to consider for your desk. These are items that we use on a regular basis and we’ve included them for the sake of making this page complete.

Shure 3″ Extension Tube

Shure 3in Extension Tube
  • Improves Mic Mounting
  • Used With Boom Arm

Mackie HM-4 Amp

Mackie HM4 Headphone Splitter
  • Headphone Amp
  • Headphone Splitter
  • Affordable
  • Easy To Use

Gator Monitor Stand

Gator Frameworks Monitor Stand
  • For Studio Monitors
  • Rugged Design
  • Lots of Adjustability
Elgato Camlink 4k
  • Capture HDMI Video
  • Connect Camera To Computer

Colored Gaff Tape

Fluorescent Gaff Tape
  • Use for labeling
  • Mark locations

3″ Black Gaff Tape

3 Inch Gaff Tape
  • Safely Tape Cable
  • Cover Logos
  • Make Things Black

Cloudlifter CL-1

Cloudlifter CL-1 Inline Preamp
  • Works with dynamic mic
  • Provides 25dB of gain
  • Requires phantom power

Radial PRO D2

Radial ProD2 Stereo DI Box
  • Stereo DI Box
  • Rugged Design

Radial PRO AV2

  • Lots of inputs
  • Rugged Design